The second stage of the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Ride Snowboards went off as the snowpark season started at Betterpark Hochzillertal. It could not have been any better! Hochzillertal Kaltenbach welcomed thirty riders for the free snowboard pro-coaching sessions on Saturday with bluebird, sunny skies and perfect conditions.
More than fifty snowboarders competed in the open Slopestyle Contest on Sunday, throwing down an amazing show to the cheering crowd in the snowpark and people passing over us on the chairlifts above. Simon Cudlip, Bettina Wildauer and Daniel Kaspar are the winners of the second stage. Tom Tramnitz took home the best trick award and 7-year-old Fabian Nehring was awarded „Super Grom of the Day“ by the Ästhetiker Crew.
On December 21st and 22nd the second Tourstop of the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Ride Snowboards stopped at Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach to kick off the snowpark season at Betterpark Hochzillertal. Saturday was the Coaching Day! Together with the Ästhetiker coaches, thirty motivated shredders were riding all possible lines of the Betterpark Hochzillertal, learning new tricks and testing the latest snowboards and bindings from Ride Snowboards. After a short lunch break at the Kristallhuette all the riders cruised the valley run in a joint shred-down session together.
On Sunday, the crowd witnessed an awesome snowboard show at the Betterpark Hochzillertal. The kids, amateurs, girls and pros were all raising the bar to grab the gold metal and rake in the prize money, new product from Ride Snowboards and shopping vouchers from HOTZONE.TV.
In the Rookie Class, Czech ripper Daniel Kaspar impressed the judges the most. He took first spot on the podium in front of Jens Rummens from Belgium and the German up-and-coming talent Max Gruenwald, who managed to take the lead in the Overall Tour Rookie Ranking with his 3rd place. 7-year old talent Fabian Nehring was awarded “Super Grom of the Day because he rips.” In the girls category Bettina Wildauer from Mayrhofen won the competition taking over the top spot in the Overall Tour Girls Ranking. Martina Zollner took second and Bianca Delava placed third for the ladies on the podium. Englishman Simon Cudlip won the men´s contest with some amazing runs and was followed by Zillertal local Tom Tramnitz who also took the best trick title with his stylish Frontside 720 Double Handed Tail Grab. With David Pils in third place, the podium was complete. Ride Snowboards Teamrider and ripper Maximilian Preissinger is now sharing the lead in the VÄLLEY RÄLLEY Overall Open Class
Ranking together with Zillertal local Alex Walch. A big congratulations to all!
Martha Schultz, Schultz Gruppe / Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach is delighted about the team play with the Ästhetiker:“We are pleased to create additional value for our valley in co-operation with the Ästhetiker. With the VÄLLEY RÄLLEY we had the perfect kick-off event for the start of the snowpark season at the Betterpark Hochzillertal. We wish all the best for the two remaining tourstops in the valley.“
All riders of the second tourstop in Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach will gain valuable points to add to their Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY overall point account plus standings in the World Snowboard Tour Ranking. At the end of the tour, a Prince, a Queen and a King of the VÄLLEY will be crowned and honored with one of the highly coveted starting spots for the National Championships N.ASA Shred Down Austrian Masters Slopestyle. The overall Rookie Tour Champion also wins a starting spot for the N.ASA organized World Rookie Finals.
The Betterpark Hochzillertal will now be open until the end of April. The snowpark has its own park lift for extended sessions giving you more runs in less time. No matter if you are a freestyle novice or expert, the 300 meter-long park is set up with six lines of features that offer something for everyone to ride. There are seven perfectly shaped kickers ranging from 3 to 18 meter tables so riders can build up to their biggest air. Even the little ones can take their first small jumps on the safe shapes at Betterpark Hochzillertal. Meanwhile, family and friends can chill at the park base. More than ten other obstacles, rails, boxes, tubes and pipelines turn the Betterpark Hochzillertal into the ultimate freestyle playground for all riding levels. All info at www.betterparks.at and www.hochzillertal.com
Partners of the 2. Tourstop: Zillertal.at, Ride Snowboards, Red Bull, Hotzone.tv, Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach, Tourism Association Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
Special Thanks goes to Kristallhuette Hochzillertal for doing their magic on site! www.kristallhuette.at
Two more tourstops are on the schedule for this season. The next event will take place on January 25. and 26. 2014 at the Actionpark Kreuzwiese Zillertal Arena. Registration opens on the 1st of January 2014 at www.valleyralley.at.
The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Ride Snowboards at a glance:
26.-27. October 2013 Betterpark Hintertux Hintertux Glacier
21.-22. December 2013 Betterpark Hochzillertal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach
25.-26. January 2014 Action-Park Zillertal Arena Zillertal Arena
22.-23. February 2014 Vans Penken ParkMayrhofner Bergbahnen
23. February 2014 Scotland Yard Pub Mayrhofen Big Crowning Party Mayrhofen